This reflection photo of the shore of Shawnigan Lake was taken in late Autumn from the elevated dock near the train tracks. At this time of year there is only the occasional visitor but in Summer this area is filled with people swimming, launching their boats into the lake, or the braver souls (mostly teenagers) jumping off the dock.
This Virginia Creeper has been growing around an old fountain for the past few years. Green from Spring to early Autumn, when the weather turns to cold nights this vine puts on a spectacular show of bright red. Virginia Creeper grows very fast, several feet per year from many points. In the past I have tucked in the new stems but this year gaining inspiration from someone else’s vine, I let the stems fall to the ground. Now that the leaves have fallen I will give it a hard pruning back to basic shape and wait for Spring and the new growth to take on the waterfall appearance again. This photo was taken in shade, in sunshine it is that much brighter.
If you have a lot of space you want to cover quickly, this is the vine for you. It is very hardy and the Autumn color is worth it.
This morning danger lurked in our back yard. The Golden-crowned Sparrow above is one that has been coming for seed, some of which I put on the ground for the ground feeders. This morning when I went to check the feeder and put more seed on the ground the birds that were there took off in a rush. I thought it was me but when I started putting seed under a tree I heard a “meow” and the little black and white cat that lives across the street was under the tree. Perhaps I frightened away the birds in time because she did not have a victim, or perhaps they saw her and that was the reason they flew away.
It is raining quite heavily this morning and so the birds will be back, I wonder if the cat will return as well. As much as I love the birds, I feel sorry for this cat because I don’t think that she is well-cared for and probably is very hungry. I will have to forgive her if she catches a bird just because she has to eat.
Be careful little birds..
This photo was taken at Bright Angel park south of Duncan BC. The Cedar tree roots are part of the trail through the forest and can be very dangerous if one is not watching where they are walking. It is a place to put the cell phone away and concentrate on nature.
Almost overgrown by vines and shrubs with the passing of time, this old moss-covered fence is a reminder that once a new post and rail fence was built to run along this property.
The photos in this post were all taken a few minutes ago of Japanese Maple trees in our front and back yards. The colors this year are simply amazing, all of these photos are as the trees appear. The first two photos are of my favorite tree which was featured in a previous post when the leaves were beginning to change. This maple is in the corner of our back yard and receives afternoon shade. Some of the leaves are as the first photo, a beautiful honey bronze while more of the tree has golden leaves, photo below.
The maple below is very feathery, through Spring and Summer it is green but now it is changing to deep yellow. This tree is next to the one above.
The tree below is in front of our deck. It has fairly small leaves which are green Spring and Summer but is changing to a similar honey bronze as the first tree in this post.
The Lions Head Maple in the last two photos is in front of a living room window next to our driveway. This variety of Japanese Maple also has very small and curly leaves. It has taken a long time to change color from its original green but once it began a few days ago it has quickly changed to a brilliant orange. In the first photo some green leaves remain while the second photo shows more of the deep orange.
Our weather of late has had cold nights and warmer sunny days. We are supposed to have a change this week so I think that these colors will not last much longer as the leaves will drop soon. I am thankful to have these photos to remember these lovely colors.
We have had clear skies the past few days so I wanted to feature one of the most incredible sunrises I have seen since moving to the Cowichan Valley. I don’t know what it was that created the conditions for the sky to glow orange like this but it was amazing. Photo taken from our front yard.
The photo above and the one following are of a Black Oystercatcher that I photographed at Whiffen Spit in Sooke BC. In the first photo he is going about his business but in the photo below he has seen me and has his eye on me as he hurries away. I have only seen Oystercatchers at Whiffen Spit and at Clover Point in Victoria.